Learn to Live Local

When you live local, you patronize businesses that are owned and run by people that live in your city. Locally owned businesses are more likely to donate to important local causes, hire local people and keep them employed for a lifetime, and invest in other local businesses. They hire local accountants, attorneys, and other services, attracting more skilled labor to your community.

When you choose locally owned businesses over chain stores and restaurants, you support sustainable, local jobs and keep the dollars you spend in your hometown!


Eating local starts with eating out at locally owned restaurants, but it’s also about getting to know your local farmers, bakers and other food artisans, and participating in the entertaining social activities that surround our meals.  Read more …


How do you travel in your neighborhood? From car-sharing to biking, there are many ways to get around that help connect you with your community. It’s not just about the destination – it’s about the journey!  Read more…


Invest LocalEach dollar you save can work for you, earning more dollars when you make smart investments. Because local businesses don’t send money or jobs away from your hometown, investing locally helps keep unemployment rates low and existing jobs stable.  Read more…


Locally owned and run banking institutions are more likely to understand the needs and unique circumstances surrounding your community. They are interested in building a relationship with you and meeting your family’s banking needs for generations to come.  Read more…


Shopping local is about more than just buying from local stores. It’s about getting to know local artisans, finding out what skills your local community offers, and encouraging others to do the same through the purchase of gift certificates and goods unique to your hometown.  Read more…


Movies: Keep your popcorn money circulating locally by visiting your independently owned cinemas! Locally-owned cinemas have more character, show a greater variety of movies, and often sponsor local events and nonprofits in ways that chains would never consider.  Read more…

Brews: Independent pubs and micro-breweries give our neighborhoods character! Central Ohio also has its share of independent micro-breweries, headquartered right here in Columbus. Some of them even source local ingredients for their brews.  Read more…

Festivals: There is so much to do in Central Ohio every week. Festivals and fairs bring money and tourists from all over, giving local businesses a boost and bringing family fun to your doorstep. The best part is, you probably don’t even need to get a hotel.  Read more…

Culture: We use music, dance, and art to express our diverse local culture. With dozens of smaller ethnic communities, a rich local history, and an academic legacy that bring people to Columbus from all over the world, Central Ohio has a unique cultural voice that is worth celebrating.  Read more…


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Support Our Local Economy CoalitionThink Columbus First is an initiative of: the Support Our Local Economy (SOLE) Coalition

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Reasons To Love Your Local Small Businesses:
  1. Supportive communities attract entrepreneurs who create local jobs
  2. They hire local people who know you & your unique needs
  3. They help give our communities personality and fun
  4. A 10% Shift from chain to local will create 5000 new jobs in Franklin County

Think Local

  • Consider adding more efficiency to your home or business. Visit Wattworks for indoor and outdoor LED lighting, IR heaters, solar power systems and more.
  • City Folks Farm Shop urban homesteading supplies in Columbus Central Ohio homesteaders and urban farmers can find supplies, classes and resources.
  • Shopping at Easton Town Center can be a local experience, when you visit Celebrate Local. The store features handmade and artisanal products from all over Ohio.

Where did you spend your $2 bill?

spend me local Have you seen one of our $2 bills? Did you get it as change from a local merchant? If so, pass it on to a friend or spend it at local independent business. Spread the word, contact us to get some $2 bills.


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